Alan, this is the first one of these I have seen, and, personally, do not think the addition of the stand improves the weight at all. I agree with you about China being the source, although the weight looks better/neater than the majority of the modern Chinese weights I have seen. The colors are certainly not at all appealing (to me). I'll have to keep an eye out for more of these.
The "glue" info is interesting, Allan! It had never crossed my mind :pb: , but makes perfect sense as fusing would take too much time; super glue would be quicker and require less skill/equipment.